San Diego, CA—The newest lens in the G Master lineup, the Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II delivers a combination of resolution and bokeh as well as enhanced AF (autofocus) performance, even for video. Moreover, it is the 65th lens in Sony’s E-mount lens lineup.
Complementing Sony’s E-mount camera bodies, the lens is also the lightest f/2.8 70–200mm zoom. It is 29% lighter than the previous model and weighs just under 37 ounces.
“Sony is always listening to our customers. Thanks to feedback from users around the world, including leading professionals, Sony continues to develop and evolve the G Master lineup,” said Yang Cheng, vice president, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics.
“The FE 70–200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II is lightweight; it also offers outstanding handling in any shooting situation. The newest addition to our G Master series will make a perfect telephoto zoom addition to any creator’s kit who is looking to maximize their gear potential for both stills and video.”
Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II Specs
The company also states users can expect a clean, clear image from corner to corner throughout the zoom range, even when the aperture is wide open. That’s because the lens employs two aspherical lens elements, including one XA (extreme aspherical) element manufactured to 0.01-micron surface precision. Consequently, it effectively controls distance-related aberration variations to ensure high resolution throughout the image area.
Moreover, it uses two ED (extra-low dispersion) spherical glass elements and two super ED spherical glass elements to reduce chromatic aberration without color bleeding. What’s more, this is the first time an Alpha lens includes an ED aspherical element; it suppresses chromatic and spherical aberration, common issues in telephoto lenses.
Notably, the lens creates bokeh via a large f/2.8 maximum aperture and a newly developed 11-blade circular aperture unit. In addition, its optical design, including the XA element, suppresses the unwanted ‘onion ring’ effect to enhance the bokeh.
In addition, to avoid flare and ghosting in challenging light, Sony’s Nano AR Coating II produces an antireflection coating on the lens’s surface.
Photographers can also enjoy close-up performance with deep bokeh. The minimum focusing distance is 15.7 inches at 70mm and 32.3 inches at 200mm; it also provides a 0.3x maximum magnification. They can also pair the FE 70–200mm f/2.8 with Sony’s 1.4x or 2.0x teleconverter to extend its focal length to 400mm at f/5.6.
Furthermore, for enhanced autofocus performance, the lens uses four Sony-original XD (extreme dynamic) linear motors to achieve fast, precise AF. In fact, they make autofocus four times faster and improve focus tracking by 30% compared to the previous model. When used with Sony’s flagship Alpha 1, the lens is capable of 30-fps continuous shooting.
For video, the lens offers smooth, quiet AF to lock in focus and track fast-moving subjects, even while zooming. Moreover, its constant f/2.8 maximum aperture; AF performance; as well as its reduction of focus breathing, focus shift and axis shift when zooming make it well suited for video creation. There is minimal unwanted image movement and angle of view variations.
For easy video-use operation, the FE 70–200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II also features independent control rings for focus, zoom and aperture (iris). Moreover, the aperture ring has a click on/off switch. Additionally, Sony’s linear response MF ensures responsive, low-lag manual focus control. The supplied lens hood also has an opening that allows operation of circular polarizing filters or variable ND filters.
For the Pros
For professionals, Sony designed the lens to offer an ideal balance without front-heaviness. The goal was to ensure the lens’s center of gravity falls directly above the tripod mount. It also employs internal zoom to keep the center of gravity constant.
Also based on direct feedback from pros, it includes focus functions to support professional needs. These include full-time DMF; natural and linear manual focus response; as well as a focus-range limiter switch. In addition, it has three customizable focus hold buttons that are 90° apart for easy access and control when shooting in horizontal or vertical orientation.
Furthermore, the lens provides both a click on/off switch and an iris lock switch for quick aperture control. The aperture ring click stops can be turned on to provide tactile feedback when shooting stills; or users can turn them off for silent aperture control when shooting movies. Additionally, the zoom ring torque now includes image stabilization with mode 3 for moving subjects.
Dust and moisture resistant, the lens also has a fluorine coating on its front element that repels water, oil and other contaminants. The coating also makes it easier to wipe off contaminants or fingerprints.
The Sony FE 70–200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II will reach retail in December. It will have a suggested retail price of $2,800.